Alaska Aces found success with Vic Manuel last season. He posted a huge number which makes him the best player in the conference candidate in the Commissioners Cup. The team making a good run at the next conference until he went down with an injury in the playoffs.
Vic Manuel misses the All Filipino Cup which the Alaska loss to Ginebra in quarterfinals. Then played just eight games last conference where Alaska fade. Manuel isn’t the same after that injury. They just settled for eight places that need two knockout games.
When healthy the Muscle Man leads his team in scoring. That numbers translate to wins and wins to best records. The Aces had no option down low but him. With the smaller import, he can dominate in the paint again. Put his body inside battling on the offensive rebounds. This means more chance of points.
If Manuel can be on his from again the better. This is what the team misses in the paint.